Extract from ‘Ai Weiwei Speaks: With Hans Ulrich Obrist’

Ai Weiwei: I think right now is the moment. This is the beginning. We don’t know what it is the moment of, and maybe something much crazier will happen. But, really, we see the sunshine coming in. It was clouded for maybe a hundred years. Our whole condition was very sad, but we still feel warmth, and the life in our bodies can still tell that there is excitement in there, even though death is waiting. We had better not enjoy the moment, but create the moment.

Hans Ulrich Obrist: You produce the moment?

AWW: Exactly. Because we’re actually a part of reality, and if we don’t realise that we are totally irresponsible. We are a productive reality. We are the reality, but that part of reality means that we need to produce another reality.

HUO: Maybe the blog doesn’t so much represent reality but produce it.

AWW: It’s true. It’s like a monster, it grows. I’m sure, once someone looks at my blog, they start looking at the world differently without even knowing it.


From ‘Daybook’ by sculptor Anne Truitt

‘So I came then to the decision to ride out the jeopardy of art with as much courage and faith as I could.’

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